Jeffrey E. Stone - McDermott Will & Emery


Jeffrey E. Stone is a nationally recognized trial lawyer who has tried over 40 federal and state jury trials to verdict, in addition to having tried dozens of bench trials, arbitrations and contested regulatory hearings. A Fellow and Regent of the American College of Trial Lawyers, he concentrates his practice on white-collar criminal defense, complex commercial litigation, internal investigations, and counseling to boards of directors and senior business executives.

In his over 40 years as a trial lawyer, he has represented corporations, boards of directors, board committees, executives and other individuals in a variety of complex civil litigation and criminal prosecutions involving a broad range of industries, including health care, manufacturing, Tobacco, high technology and financial services. He has been named one of the top trial lawyers in the country by Lawdragon 500 and has been ranked for many years in Chambers and Best Lawyers in America for Bet–the–Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and White-Collar Criminal Defense. He is consistently named one of the Top 10 Lawyers in Chicago.

During his 32-year tenure at McDermott, Jeffrey has served as chairman of the Firm, Global head of McDermott’s Trial Department and head of the White-Collar Criminal Defense Practice Group.

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  • Represented the former CEO of a global health care company in a landmark criminal antitrust case: the first-ever prosecution of a business executive alleged to have participated in a conspiracy to allocate the hiring of executives between competitors. After a three-week trial, the jury acquitted both the former CEO and the company on all counts
  • Represented a private global philanthropic foundation that funds not-for-profit organizations providing reproductive health services
  • Represented the Special Committee of an NYSE company in connection with allegations of Board self-dealing and in connection with Delaware Chancery Court litigation
  • Represented the Board of Directors of a national utility company in a far-reaching criminal investigation in which the former CEO and other senior executives of a subsidiary were charged in a federal indictment with various counts of public corruption and fraud in their dealings with the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives

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  • American Lawyer Litigation Daily, Litigators of the Week
  • Chambers USA, General Commercial Litigation and White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2003 to 2023
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2010-2024 and Commercial Litigation, 2006 to 2024

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  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow and member of the Board of Regents
  • American Jewish Committee, Board of Governors; member of Executive Council; chair of International Relations Commission
  • Attorneys’ Liability Assurance Society (ALAS), Board member and past Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • The American Law Institute, member
  • Campaign for Justice, chaired annual Chicago-wide campaign in support of local pro bono and civic legal activities

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Harvard Law School, JD, cum laude, 1983
Stanford University, BA, with honors and distinction, 1978


Courts / Agencies
Supreme Court of the United States
US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (trial bar)